(MMM) In This Moment brought their Half God Half Devil Tour into Philadelphia’s Electric Factory with special guests Motionless In White, Avatar, and Gemini Syndrome. This tour is the perfect combination of Metal, Rock, Makeup, and Horror for all fans to enjoy. In fact the crowd was a wide variety of fans dressed very similar to Maria Brink, Motionless in White and Avatar fans with face paint/makeup covering their faces proving they were all ready to rock out to their favorite bands. This is a very anticipated tour of the spring of 2017, with an incredible lineup and great lives shows from all these artists.
Starting off the evening was Gemini Syndrome, the bands sound was awesome live and a heavy hitting songs that are all very familiar due to them flooding them radio lately. However I would definitley say that their set was rather boring and did not match their music at all. I would say that their drummer and tattooed bassist were the most entertaining in the band to watch live, but their vocalist was very still most of the time keep to his mic stand. Performing after Gemini Syndrome was Swedish metal band, Avatar. Vocalist Johannes Eckerström’s vocal diversity blended very well with the band’s overall artistic theme and their theatrics had the crowd captivated and their attention grasped through out their unfortunately brief set. Avatar’s carnival-esque outfits and face paint make their live show so much more entertaining not to mention their music has a sort of carnival rock sound to it matching their outfits perfectly. Avatar never fails to blow the minds of their fans and grow new fans with each non-headlining show performance.
Next up, was hometown heroes, Motionless In White, a Gothic-inspired metalcore act who captivate audiences with their aggressive music and incredible aesthetic on stage. Chris Motionless stating to the crowd that “In the 11 years we have been playing music, I have always wanted to play the Electric Factory and tonight that dream has come true.” Motionless In White’s stage setup the same as their last tour with Falling In Reverse, on The End Is Here Tour, however that did not put a damping on their energetic, horror filled set. Including a woman that came out to interact with the fans multiple times throughout their set: throwing candy to fans, spraying them with water guns, cheerleading and even tying up a fan on the barricade at one point. Motionless included new music in their set including, “Loud,” “Eternally Yours,” and “570” which are all new tracks from their upcoming album Graveyard shift. Their new full-length, Graveyard Shift comes out on May 5th via Roadrunner Records.
Dramatically launching their set as the Black Widow curtain dropped and The Electric Factory stage flooded with smoke, and very vibrant lights with a very theatrical debut to the stage was, In This Moment. Based out of Los Angeles, CA, this ghoulish, yet seductively glamorous band who has fought their way to the top over the last decade, touring almost almost always. In This Moment performed in the clouds of smoke filling the venue, launched their set with “Blood.” The stage setup which had the look of a devilish circus, incredible rock music and the ever changing costumes which makes up an In This Moment show. The band then performed “Black Widow,” & “River of Fire,” which was an incredible start to their 12-song setlist. In This Moment brings an entirely new level of aggression and intensity to hard rock that has sadly been lacking in their genre. Fronted by one of the most diverse and well-rounded front woman, that you will have the privilege of witnessing, with her seamless transitions in a wide array of vocal styles. Maria Brink’s vocals very vibrant during songs like “The Fighter,” and their new song “I’ve Been Lyin’ With the Devil” which is off their upcoming album as well as songs like “Adrenalize,” and “Sick Like Me.” Brink can be best described a the Lady Gaga of Rock/Metal music scene, she has that incredible raunchy stage presence, crazy outfits, and giving the fans more then just a live show but a performance filled with theatrics which is very similar to Lady Gaga but with rock/metal music.Through out the night, In This Moment was constantly met with roars of approval from the crowd. Fans loved every second of In This Moment’s set proving this as at times you could hear the fans singing louder than the actual band was. Other notable pieces of In This Moment’s set would be the incredible musicianship and talent on stage from Chris Howorth on Lead Guitar, Travis Johnson on Bass, Randy Weitzel on Guitar, and the newly joined member of the band is drummer Kent Diimmel (previously of 3 By Design). All of the band, dancers and front woman Maria Brink has an incredible stage presence and interaction with each other is very unique. Their very innovative stage show is a force to be reckoned with, costumes continued to change as they went into each song, in addition to the costumes, was dancing which included props, chains, chairs, orbs, C02 fog machines amplifying the mood, and a even podiums, keeping the audience endlessly mesmerized throughout their entire set. Their set might give the feel of haunting, morbid, and angry however it actually promotes self-worth. Ending their set with a incredible cover of Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight”, and the crowd-favorite song “Whore” which Maria Brink stated “You see this song is about rising above others peoples perceptions and ideas of who and what we should be. So in this name of this I could help inspire turning hate into love, I am proud to say Philadelphia, this evening I will be your WHORE.” ending the show with a bow to the crowd and giving away her Whore hat to a fan. I would definitley recommend you getting out and seeing this tour if you have the opportunity to as it is not one you want to miss!
“Ugly, Stupid, Worthless, Dirty, Trashy, Little Whore. You see this is what I was told ladies and gentleman, that I was absolute shit and that I would amount to absolutely nothing at all. You see this song is about rising above others peoples perceptions and ideas of who and what we should be. So in this name of this I could help inspire turning hate into love, I am proud to say Philadelphia, this evening I will be your WHORE.” – Maria Brink of In This Moment